H.S.Notebook: Pearson Selects George Mason U.
For almost two years, Ryan Pearson had received numerous letters from some of the top college basketball programs in the nation.
A senior at Christ the King High School, Pearson had narrowed down his choices to two colleges.
One school stood out above the rest. Last weekend, Pearson was impressed on his trip to George Mason University and decided to make a verbal commitment to attend the Fairfax, Virginia based school in the fall of 2008.
"I liked the school, I liked the campus, I liked the area and it was a good fit for me," Pearson told the Wave.
At Christ the King, Pearson has impressed college scouts with his ability to run the floor and create matchup problems. The small forward's 6-foot-6, 200 pound frame has caused problems for defenders.
The small forward was a main contributor to the Royals winning the CHSAA city championship in a victory over St. Raymond's last March. He's also played quite well with the AAU Team Odom program.
Pearson had narrowed his choices to Manhattan College and George Mason. But he was most impressed when he arrived at George Mason last Friday.
George Mason made a Cinderella run under Larranga in March of 2006 to the NCAA Final Four, as the midmajor school defeated powerhouses such as North Carolina and University of Connecticut along the way.
For this season, George Mason has been selected to finish first in the Colonial Athletic Association conference pre-season poll ahead of Hofstra and other programs.
Pearson says his meeting with men's basketball coach Jim Larranga went very well. Larranaga was born in Queens and played at Archbishop Molloy High School, convinced Pearson that his talents would be best suited for his program.
"I had my eyes set on them. They were interested in me before all the others came along," Pearson said.
"He's (Larranaga) played in the Catholic league (CHSAA) and he knows how much of a hard league it is."
Pearson says that the environment of a southern school was another factor that convinced him to leave Rockaway for Fairfax.
And in his heart, Pearson says heading down south is the right choice.
"I just know that I got to work hard and show my talent when I get down there."
Victory was a sweet feeling in the first four games for the Far Rockaway girls' team. But an undefeated 4-0 start to the season was erased last Wednesday as PSAL '10B' divisional rival Campus Magnet won two out of three sets, 25-15, 25-23 and 25-14.
Campus Magnet improved to 2-4. They took control in the third set, at one point leading 13-3, as the Seahorses made plenty of errors and miscues.
The Lady Seahorses tasted defeat for the first time this season and head coach Les Sabbah said their disappointment was so visible because his team knew they didn't play well.
"We played poorly today. There's no excuse in an important game," Sabbah said.
Far Rockaway travels to Beach Channel on Monday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Beach Channel (7-0-2) will travel to rival John Adams (8-0-2) for the third time this season on Friday, October 19 at 4 p.m. The opportunity to possibly clinch a PSAL 'B1' Division for either team could happen with a victory.
The first two meetings have resulted in a tie. It is the final regular season game for John Adams. Both teams had games at presstime.
If the Dolphins win against John Adams, they will need to defeat Richmond Hill at home Tuesday at 4 p.m. to clinch the division outright.